Wed, 18 December 2013
The one thing that's annoying about videogames (for the purposes of this introduction) - the ONE thing - are the various rules for international markets. We're not bothered about Japan getting Rhythm Tengoku two days before us or America getting to say fanny in their games, no the annoying thing is that apparently some other countries believe it's the Year of Luigi when we've always thought it's the Year of Bithell.
And as Luigi refused to return our calls we got Mike back on the show to make his third appearance and to let us know everything that he enjoyed about the year. We also found out a bit more about his new game, Volume, but more importantly we uncovered how many Sony Jumpers Mike was prepared to use his contacts to obtain. As long as the number was greater than or equal to three then we would be happy.
Naturally, we spend about half the episode talking about how great the Christmas party was and announce a possible new holiday to base a party around. Er, that is an existing holiday that we might also have a party at that time. Although getting an official One Life Left bank holiday announced could be a good mission for the new year.
We continued in our attempts to get Dan Marshall to keep running, had features from Sega Badawi, Doctor Avatar and Craig 'the Rage' McLelland and Ann got the new nickname Ann 'four Cornettos' Scantlebury. Nothing else of interest happened.
OH WAIT. THERE WAS THAT VIDEOGAME THAT SOMEONE MADE OF ANN GOING AROUND (http://apps.playcanvas.com/dave/goingaround/latest)
Cheerio and Merry Christmas!
Team OLL x
1. Ftf - I Have Come Here To Chew Bubblegum and Kick Ass
2. Genisisega - Segadrive
3. Lewis Thomas - Internet
4. Rees - O Come All Ye Faithful
Direct download: OLL_16_12_13.mp3
-- posted at: 3:04pm EST
Wed, 11 December 2013
One of the worst people to be is an enabler. To allow someone to become the worst that they can possibly be. One such person is today's Super-Special Guest, Marvel artist Jamie McKelvie. If it weren't for Jamie's great skills as an artist then Kieron Gillen wouldn't have been given the opportunity to see how it would actually look like if he got off with himself. Jamie helped create the monster that the comic world is still having to deal with to this day.
What else happened this week? We tried to help Dan Marshall with his running, we started the process of changing our name to Xbox One Life Left in order to get sponsorship (but got worried about a potential rival console/website) and Ste and Simon reviewed the PS4 and how it will affect litter in videogames.
On this episode we had features from Sega Badawi and Science Officer. We also managed to get confirmation from Jamie that OLLStudios obtained the official license for the Young Avengers videogame, Simon got pins put in his back and got his Monkey Island memories slightly mixed up and Ann started to learn a whole lotta history.
This episode also contains our final mention of the Christmas party as a future event. The current timetable is doors open at 6.30pm (tickets available on the door for £12), free bar starts at 7.00pm, 7.45pm is Secret Santa feat. the Guardian, 8.30pm P-Ann-to, 9.00pm Videogame Karaoke, 11.30pm CLOSE, 11.31pm+ AFTER PARTY.
Team OLL x
1. Klamm - Solar Rider
2. Jredd - Galactic Smash (feat. Toni Leys)
3. Rez - Unreal Superhero 3
4. VCMG - Golden Lonely
Direct download: OLL_09_12_13.mp3
-- posted at: 2:14pm EST
Wed, 4 December 2013
There's no Simon this week as he's gone over to France to let his greedy wizards eat cake so it's Pip Pip Hooray for Philippa 'Pippo' Warr who makes a second guest presenter appearance this season. Despite Pip's best efforts we did miss Simon this week as Ste was given the opportunity to talk about Cricket and Ann was allowed to speak at length about her new found love of Cornettos.
Despite these distractions we still found some time to discuss videogames and we even made the official call on who has won the current console war. Other radio shows might be unwilling to make a decision, but One Life Left is prepared to make those risky choices.
Not only that but we had Paul Ly from Brainbow on as a Super-Special Guest. He was in to talk about the new game that he had been working on, Doctor Newton: The Great Brain Adventure. Unfortunately he also had to deal with Ste trying to give him the nickname 'The Future Of Games' but he managed to cope with it admirably and helped us learn how long it takes to make a game. We also tried to learn how long it takes to knock us up, but Paul wisely declined to answer that.
We proudly announce that the Christmas party has sold out, but proudly announce that you can also buy entrance at the door if you're making a last minute decision to go. Pip tells us how quickly you should read a book before you go to bed, Ste gets us confused by the text adventure Paradise and Sega Badawi and Doctor Avatar contribute features. And we probably go on about drones a bit too much.
Team OLL x
1. VCMG - Golden Lonely
2. 8-BITchintendo - ReBirth
Direct download: OLL_02_12_13.mp3
-- posted at: 2:33pm EST
Wed, 27 November 2013
It's weird how much of a difference a single letter makes. Changing an M to a W turned Mario from an athletic Princess rescuing plumber to a money-obsessed games designer who stinks of garlic. Similar changing an A to an E makes Parko no longer a diaeresis-obsessed games journalist who constantly loses his shoes to Jason 'Perko' Perkins - the managing director of Curve Studios who, along with Rob Clarke, is this episode's Super-Special Guest.
And we perhaps weren't in the best frame of mind, with this episode being recorded after Ann and Ste got the All Tomorrow's Parties festival shut down. The Curve boys did appear to be better prepared than us at the beginning of the show, but we soon found out that they had trouble with electronic devices. Which probably isn't the best inside of the Resonance FM studio with all of its electronic devices.
Inspired by Jeremy Paxman and his beard we tried a new method of interviewing, which immediately paid absolutely no dividends. So then Simon tried being nice which seemed to work much better. Perhaps we should try to be nicer to everyone (We agree - Parko and Keith Stuart). We did find out some exclusive gossip about Mike Bithell that blows apart what we previously knew about the creation of Thomas Was Alone.
As usual at this time of year we talk about the forthcoming Christmas party which is close to selling out despite Keith not keeping up with his end of the bargain. If you're coming please remember to bring some games for Secret Santa (and put what games system the games are for) and also be fully prepared for the Pipmas Anntomime that we'll be premiering that night (with a view to transferring to Broadway). If you're not coming then please feel free to provide us with more karaoke songs for us to sing.
Not only did we have all that in the show but we also had Local News and a returning Science Officer. The rest was all down to Ann, who scared her flatmate by playing a game, became a YouTube Superstar and also came up with the equation that six PS4s are the same as no PS4s.
Team OLL x
http://oll.eventbrite.com (last time, promise)
1. Volt 44 - Daystepping
2. Bit wish - Embark
3. Kubbi - Concrete (renovation mix)
Direct download: OLL_25_11_13.mp3
-- posted at: 2:54pm EST
Tue, 19 November 2013
Ste's back! Hurray! Finally the team is back together and nothing will ever split us up again! Unless Ste goes on a radio show by himself and Simon then books an interview with Medium Wave's Five Live (remembering to invite Ann for protection) thereby causing a massive split and possibly putting the Christmas party in doubt. But those chain of events will never happen would they? Well, they could, but the Christmas Party would never get cancelled (tickets still available at http://oll.eventbrite.com!).
Luckily we had some experts in the world of tearing apart previously strong structures/teams with our Super-Special Guests from Media Molecule, Michelle Ducker and Christophe Villedieu. They tell us all about their new game on the Vita, Tearaway*, but more importantly they tell us all about their secret treehouse. Which probably isn't so secret now they've spoken about it on the radio.
We reveal how the Assassin's Creed movie is likely to start, get confused about if there are still motion controlled coin-ops at the Trocadero, get further confused about the right number of sharks to guard an XBone and get really confused about Ann's accents. At least Sega Badawi, Doctor Avatar and Craig 'the Rage' McLelland brought some sense to the show. Oh, wait, the opposite of that (in a good way, natch).
And we get the EXCLUSIVE review of Twitter! Yes, hear it and weep Polygon! Who cares about the PS4 where there are social networks to review?
Team OLL x
* Our Caretaker was upset to find out that this isn't a sequel to Tearaway Thomas for the Amiga.
1. J-Peg - Unison
2. Ktaettz - Dream Slayer Theme
3. National Broadcast Network - A Split Second of Anarchy
Direct download: OLL_18_11_13.mp3
-- posted at: 4:30pm EST
Wed, 13 November 2013
In all our nine seasons at One Life Left we've never had a walk out. We've never offended a guest so much that they stormed out of the studio never to return. That run had to break at some point, but we never thought that we could have offended our Super-Special Guest Keith Stuart - the most nicest man in videogames journalism. He came on the show (even though we got him the sack from The Guardian) to talk about his new Kickstarter, which is an excellent book about the Sega Megadrive. But it all turned sour. We thought we were ok to go to Cara's feature, but K Dog didn't like that, threw his headphones to the ground and stormed out. Awkward.
It took all the best efforts of our other Super-Special Guest Simon "Parko" Parkin to persuade him to come back into the studio. Our caretaker has tried to cover the majority of the blow-up, but you might still hear Keith's voice raise slightly and the fear in Parko's voice.
It's a shame because Parko was also on the show to promote a book, not to work on his fledgling career as a counsellor. Parko's book is an illustrated history of 151 games and he doesn't even need a Kickstarter to get it released. He's so edgy! And he owns a boat too! Although he doesn't really know what a meme is.
As well as our SSGs (and no Ste as he was still on his spirit walk in America) we also had features from Cara, Science Officer and Sega Badawi along with an announcement of new features from Philippa Warr, Leigh Alexander and One Life Left's Guy Cocker. There's talk about Ann getting a perm too, but the only way of finding out if the perm will happen is by buying a ticket for the Christmas Party (and attending). They're still available at http://oll.eventbrite.com but at current buying rates they'll be sold out before December so buy now!
Team OLL x
1. Master of magic theme - Anders Hesselbom/Rob Hubbard
2. Delta (main theme remix) - Moonove/Rob Hubbard
3. Jredd - Revolution X/Music is a Weapon
Direct download: OLL_11_11_13.mp3
-- posted at: 2:34pm EST
Wed, 6 November 2013
After last week's debacle where Simon didn't make it to the studio, he took all necessary precautions. He made sure that all trees near the train line were torn down and threw Lord Sir Charles Cecil out of his studio chair into the cold unforgiving London night. Unfortunately he also chucked Ste out who flew off to America in a grump/to give a talk at GDC Next.
Luckily we had the perfect replacements in Philippa Warr and Ed Fear. But which was the Super-Special Guest and which was the Super-Special co-presenter? We never actually decided, we were spending too much time giving Philippa secret missions at the Call Of Spooky launch or making Ed gip at Doctor Avatar's descriptions of a medical procedure.
More importantly we tried to find out if Ann's new glasses fit in her hair, used Ed's contacts to find out exclusive news regarding Jonathan Ross moving to Microsoft and worked out that Simon inadvertently won the GMA for Guy Cocker. Hopefully Guy will send it over now he realises the debt that he owes to us.
Even more importantly, we announced the date for our Christmas Party Feat. The Guardian. It's on Saturday 14th December and you should buy tickets at http://oll.eventbrite.com. We're even having a pantomime this time. We would do an "oh yes we are" joke there, but we're not the type of podcast that goes for lazy humour. Wait, oh yes we are! LOL *sad face*.
Team OLL x
1. Rambo first blood part 2 high score
2. Commando Theme
3. Thing on a Spring
4. Theme from Parallax
Direct download: OLL_04_11_13.mp3
-- posted at: 3:11pm EST
Tue, 29 October 2013
Coming so soon after our Wink Murder/Videogame Karaoke event means that there's a chance that some of Team OOL might be a bit tired and emotional. Of course there's no chance of that happening to us (we're professional), although Simon does seem a little different. Not only that, but isn't that an MBE sticking out of his back pocket? Knowing the facts, we soon realised that Simon was actually Lord Sir Charles Cecil, filling in for Simon after a tree fell on the train track.
Even with Charles on the show (who is still preparing the new Broken Sword for release) we still had space for a Super-Special Guest, and luckily we had one in the form of Steve Gaynor from the Fullbright Company who told us how stories in games work (or should work). Recognising that he had expert knowledge regarding an incident at GameCity and Keith Stuart, we ask for his advice. Surely though, it wouldn't end up in Keith losing his job?
Other than Charles and Steve, there's a bit of a German theme to the show as Ste finds and reads some German text and Charles reveals the best German City. Nuremberg? Karlsruhe? Essen? It may surprise you to find out the answer.
There's also a whopping three features this week with Cara and Science Officer returning and Sega Badawi doing a rather poor joke. How can we top this next week?
Team OLL x
1. defPREMIUM - Close but no Cigar
2. We The Sick - Midnight Drive
3. Kubbi - Void part 2
Direct download: OLL_28_10_13.mp3
-- posted at: 4:44pm EST
Wed, 23 October 2013
We've moved on from the GMA 'controversy'. To be honest, we're finding the British Games Journalism scene too restricting for us. We need to look further afield, to the land of the free. And - look - our Super-Special Guest for this week's episode is GameSpot's Editor-in-Chief Justin Calvert. He flew in all the way from Oakland just to speak to us, and boy were his arms tired! Whilst we talk to him about what it was like working in the UK during the Golden Age of Videogame magazines, we're obviously more interested in what it's like working in America. And, more specifically, if there are three jobs going there in their podcast division.
We don't get a direct answer from Justin on the job front, but we do find out that he isn't Matt Bellamy's brother, that Brian Blessed isn't Ste's Uncle and also what exactly a Banbury Cake is. We also reveal one of most recent methods of confusing Parko, which is a fun game for all the family and we'll probably do a Kickstarter on it next year. Until then feel free to donate to Simon and Ste's Kickstarters via the links below.
As well as the doyouinverts we had Local News as this week's features. We were expecting something from Cara, but as usual we were professional as didn't draw attention to it during the show. We bounce some ideas around regarding our YouTube channel and also reveal that the date of our Christmas Party won't be 20/12.
We're also preparing for our GameCity event 'One Death Left'. Hopefully as many of you as possible will make the journey to Nottingham for this Friday. You can read more about it on the GameCity schedule (http://sched.co/19PQPJH), but it'd be great to see you there.
Team OLL x
1. Laffey the Fox - Circus Fox
2. the doyouinverts - Day One
3. Klamm - Woman in Red
4. Apterous - Jet pack Samurai/State of Mind
Direct download: OLL_21_10_13.mp3
-- posted at: 12:43pm EST
Wed, 16 October 2013
It's hard being the class clown, always pretending to be happy and jolly. That nothing in the world can affect you, that you're everyone's friend. Sometimes though... Sometimes it just gets to you. Obviously as we're professional podcasters and radio show presenters you won't be able to notice, but just bear that in mind.
But however you listen to the show - be it through Youtube, itunes or our wesbite you're guaranteed an excellent show especially as our Super-Special Guest is Andrew Hewson from Hewson Consultants! We were a bit selfish in our interview with him and whilst we knew all of our listeners were desperate for his in depth knowledge on SSAP 13 (Accounting for Research and Development), we decided to move away from the Accountancy questions and instead asked him about the good old days of gaming. The days when you could send a cheque through the post and 7-10 business days later you'd receive a cassette through the post with a game on it. The days when you could play Paradroid, Uridium or Pinball Dreams. The days before your heart had been ripped out in front of your peers by someone saying the name "Guy Cocker" on stage.
As well as Andrew (who is writing an excellent book called Hints and Tips for Videogame Pioneers, with a Kickstarter coming soon), we have Science Office, Dr Avatar and Local News. We also answer the question 'What do you do with your close friends?' and perform a live experiment. As long as you're listening to this in November and have an Xbone.
Team OLL x
Keith Stuart was also on the show.
1. The One Electronic - Biting The Pavement
2. Jakim - Colon D
3. Dilithium Lift
Direct download: OLL_14_10_13.mp3
-- posted at: 3:08pm EST